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State Rep. Lance Yednock said he will "wait and see" before calling for Madigan resignation

If any lawmakers were a part of "ComEd's scheme," he said they should be prosecuted

State Rep. Lance Yednock
State Rep. Lance Yednock

State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, is holding off on calling for House Speaker Michael Madigan's resignation.

Madigan, D-Chicago, was implicated in a criminal bribery investigation involving ComEd. Madigan and allies are alleged to have used their position of power to pressure ComEd into offering jobs and contracts for Madigan’s associates.

ComEd admitted to – from 2011 until 2019 – seeking to “influence and reward Public Official A” for that person’s favorable action on legislation. Although Public Official A is not directly named in a court document, that person is later identified as “the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and the longest serving member of the House of Representatives."

"I'm not going to make any accusations on anybody, because as you remember, I was accused twice in my campaign and completely exonerated. So it's not fair," Yednock told news reporters Thursday prior to Gov. JB Pritzker's press conference at the La Salle County Governmental Complex in Ottawa.

"I wouldn't do it to a Democrat, a Republican, an independent or anybody. We will wait to see what federal investigators come up with it."

In speaking about accusations against his campaign, Yednock was referencing a lawsuit 2018 opponent and former state Rep. Jerry Long brought forward saying Yednock's campaign defamed Long in an ad. That lawsuit was tossed.

Yednock's opponent Travis Breeden, R-Utica, has already called for Madigan's resignation, saying "it is time for Madigan to go."

Pritzker and Democratic Congressional candidate Dani Brzozowski, of La Salle, also have said if allegations of corruption are true, Madigan should resign.

Yednock said federal investigators are trying to find out whether any lawmakers were a part of "ComEd's corrupt scheme."

"If they are, they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Yednock said. "It's glaringly apparent that we need lobbying reform in Springfield. We need to have tougher laws that restrict the off-the-book consultants and lobbyists that are doing work on behalf of their business or corporate interest. We also need better disclosure laws. The disclosure laws should put out whether there's a conflict of interest ahead of time, so we don't hear about it in the news or read about it in court documents."

When asked if he regretted voting for Madigan as speaker, Yednock said "I don't regret mostly anything I voted for."

Yednock said he would consider any legislation reform.

— NewsTribune reporter Ali Braboy contributed to this report.

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